Published: Aug. 2, 2022

Looking to meet new people this year? Want to find new ways to get involved in your community? 

Stop by the annual Be Involved Fair Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 2-6 p.m. on Farrand Field. This is your chance to learn about the hundreds of ways to get involved on campus and in the Boulder community. You can meet with CU Boulder student organizations and departments, as well as local nonprofit organizations. It’s the best place to find all sorts of opportunities!

Make the most of the fair

Whether you’re starting your first year or final year at CU Boulder, there’s something for everyone at the Be Involved Fair. Here are some ways to make the most of the fair, depending on your year in school.

First or second year

  • Learn about student organizations and programs you could join that match your interests. 

  • Find ways to fill your free time by joining an organization or club.

  • Meet new people and enjoy a fun afternoon on Farrand Field.

  • Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.

Third year, fourth year and beyond

  • Find opportunities to gain professional experience that you could add to your resume.

  • Consider programs that can help you gain leadership skills.

  • Find something to specialize in or something you excel at. 

  • Join something for fun to meet new people, try something new and balance out your academic life.

Get ready for the fair

First, spend time doing some research before the fair to learn about organizations that will be attending.

  • Browse BuffConnect to learn about student organizations at CU Boulder. 

  • Visit the Volunteer Resource Center to learn about volunteer opportunities in the Boulder community.

  • Take the Involvement Quiz to get a sense of what organizations you might be interested in. 

As you browse, start making a list of organizations you’d like to meet with at the Be Involved Fair. 

Next, think about what you’d like to get out of joining something. Are you looking to meet people and make friends? Are you wanting to gain experience or learn skills that you could add to your resume? Or are you hoping to spend time on a favorite hobby or interest? Take note of your goals for getting involved—this can help you narrow down your options later if needed. 

Finally, come up with some questions to ask representatives of each organization to learn more about if it will be a good fit for you. Here are some examples:

  • What does your organization do?

  • What does it look like being a part of your organization?

  • What kind of time commitment is there to be involved with your organization?

  • When do you meet?

  • Where are you located?

  • What resources does your organization have for students?

  • What do volunteers do at your organization? 

  • How can I sign up to get involved?

Bring your schedule with you the day of the fair to make sure meeting times don’t overlap with other commitments you may have.

And finally, go with an open mind. You never know what might speak to you when you get there.

Getting involved at CU Boulder

Whatever your goals are for getting involved on campus, the Be Involved Fair can be the best place to start. Want to know more ways to get involved?